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Job Description

The Prenatal-to-3 Policy Impact Center aims to be the go-to resource for actionable evidence for state policy leaders as they develop and implement the most effective policies that ensure children get off to a strong start and thrive. The Data and Analysis Team at the Prenatal-to-3 Policy Impact Center conducts robust and rigorous data analysis to support the Center’s goals to build the evidence base for effective and equitable policymaking, track state progress in building a more effective and equitable system of care, and shape policy development in states through targeted assistance and support.

We seek an energetic and experienced person to provide data management and analysis expertise to projects across the Center, including 1) conducting original research and evaluation to build the evidence base in key areas related to the impact of state policy choices on outcomes for infants, toddlers, and their families; 2) policy analysis for the annual State Policy Roadmap, including a microsimulation called the Policy Impact Calculator; and 3) development of an internal data warehouse.

General Notes:

This position reports functionally and administratively to the Data Manager. Applicants from underrepresented groups are encouraged to apply. We are committed to building an inclusive and diverse environment to continue to build a strong and equitable prenatal-to-3 system of care. This position can be performed remotely, and hybrid remote-work opportunities are available.

Duties And Responsibilities

The primary responsibilities of the position include:

Data analysis, research, writing, and client/stakeholder engagement:

  • Execute survey data collection processes and testing, contribute to the development of the analytic plan and timeline for project analysis(es) and the design of analytic datasets
  • Support obtaining administrative data, planning administrative database architecture, data cleaning processes, and rigorous data analysis
  • Interpret data, analyze results using statistical techniques, and provide ongoing reports
  • Develop and implement data collection systems and other strategies that optimize statistical efficiency and data quality
  • Identify and implement appropriate statistical techniques for analyzing trends and patterns in the state policies and strategies most effective at improving outcomes, conducting cost-benefit analyses of effective Roadmap policies, and analyzing the impact of effective policies and strategies on outcomes as states adopt and implement policies
  • Collaboratively determine project data needs for the annual Prenatal-to-3 State Policy Roadmap and other key data resources for the field (e.g., policy data simulations, benefit-cost analyses)
  • Conduct analyses of data to measure state variation and generosity in policy adoption and implementation, state-level indicators of child and family wellbeing, state-level demographic characteristics of the prenatal-to-3 (PN-3) population, and the impact of state policies on outcomes for families
  • Contribute to the production of written products and academic publications summarizing results of policy research and analysis


Project and data management:

  • Implement and contribute to data processes including data collection, management, and analysis; data security protocols; and data retention plans
  • Monitor compliance with data security and data retention policies
  • Coordinate with clients and stakeholders, as necessary to obtain and manage administrative datasets
  • Ensure quality of data analysis by reviewing staff’s work and providing guidance and feedback
  • Ensure projects are completed on time, through an equity lens, and to the highest quality possible
  • Demonstrate ownership of project timelines, analysis, and all work products
  • Communicate and work collaboratively with other staff to ensure organizational goals are met


Supervisory Relationships

This position does not have supervisory responsibility.

Coding Test Requirement

As part of the selection process, competitive candidates will be asked to complete a 2-hour coding test. This test will assess your proficiency in coding, analyzing, and interpreting data. To complete the exercise, candidates will need access to a computer with R or Stata software.

Qualifications

  • Master’s degree with major coursework in the field of assignment or Bachelor’s degree with two years of experience in the field of assignment is required.Additional related experience may substitute for required education
  • Exceptional analytic and critical thinking skills
  • Strong Stata or R skills
  • Experience with data management, manipulation, cleaning, and analysis, specifically with large, national datasets
  • Excellent project management and organizational skills, strong problem-solving abilities, tenacity about details and organization
  • Strong written communication skills, including the ability to synthesize complex concepts clearly and concisely
  • Ability to come up to speed on new topics quickly, multi-task effectively, and produce high-quality work under time constraints; flexible and able to adapt to changing timelines and circumstances when needed
  • Exceptional interpersonal skills and an ability to work collaboratively with others in a team environment
  • Demonstrated understanding and support for key concepts in diversity, equity, and inclusion
  • Demonstrated commitment to valuing diversity and contributing to an inclusive working and learning environment


Preferred skills:

  • Experience with data visualization software and platforms (e.g., Tableau, Infogram)
  • Knowledge of and familiarity with topics related to early childhood and/or social policy
  • Experience conducting data management, cleaning, and analysis using original survey data
  • Experience with survey data tools (e.g., REDCap, Qualtrics)


Commitment to Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion

At Vanderbilt University, we are intentional about and assume accountability for fostering advancement and respect for equity, diversity, and inclusion for all students, faculty, and staff. Our commitment to diversity makes us who we are. We have created a community that celebrates differences and lets individuality thrive. As part of this commitment, we actively value diversity in our workplace and learning environments as we seek to take advantage of the rich backgrounds and abilities of everyone. The diverse voices of Vanderbilt represent an invaluable resource for the University in its efforts to fulfill its mission and strive to be an example of excellence in higher education.

Vanderbilt University is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or status as a protected veteran, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Please note, all candidates selected for an offer of employment are subject to pre-employment background checks, which may include but are not limited to, based on the role for which they have been selected: criminal history, education verification, social media review, motor vehicle records, credit history, and professional license verification.

About Us

Vanderbilt is a community of talented and diverse staff & faculty!

At Vanderbilt University , our work - regardless of title or role - is in service to an important and noble mission in which every member of our community serves in advancing knowledge and transforming lives on a daily basis. Located in Nashville , Tennessee, on a 330+ acre campus and arboretum dating back to 1873, Vanderbilt is proud to have been named as one of “America’s Best Large Employers” as well as a top employer in Tennessee and the Nashville metropolitan area by Forbes for several years running. We welcome those who are interested in learning and growing professionally with an employer that strives to create, foster and sustain opportunities as an employer of choice through:

  • Working and growing together as a community of communities... we are One Vanderbilt.
  • Providing a work environment where every staff and faculty member can be their authentic and best self, while providing the resources and opportunities to learn and grow.
  • Encouraging development, collaboration, and partnership both internally and externally while fostering the value that every member of the Vanderbilt community can lead and grow regardless of title or position.


We understand you have a choice when choosing where to work and pursue a career. We understand you are unique and have a story. We want to hear it. We encourage you to apply today so that you might become a part of our story.

Vanderbilt University has made the health and safety of our students, faculty and staff and our surrounding communities a top priority. As part of that commitment, the University may require employees to comply with any testing or health and safety measures which the University may require.

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